2017-10-06 / Front Page

Woman killed in U.S. 190 wreck

BY DAVID LOWE
DISPATCH RECORD


Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Stephen Bynum, left, Kempner Volunteer Fire Department cadet Shane Graneville, center, and Lampasas Fire Department firefighter Jared Payne, right, work Tuesday at the site of a U.S. Highway 190 crash that killed the driver of this 2013 Ford Fiesta. In the background is Lampasas County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Calvin Wilcox. 
DAVID LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Stephen Bynum, left, Kempner Volunteer Fire Department cadet Shane Graneville, center, and Lampasas Fire Department firefighter Jared Payne, right, work Tuesday at the site of a U.S. Highway 190 crash that killed the driver of this 2013 Ford Fiesta. In the background is Lampasas County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Calvin Wilcox. DAVID LOWE | DISPATCH RECORD A Florida woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday about six miles east of Lampasas on U.S. Highway 190.

Texas Department of Public Safety Cpl. V Monte Carroll, who investigated the wreck, identified the deceased as Sabine Gupton of Cape Coral, Florida.

The crash, reported at 5:27 p.m., happened near Bug Acres. Carroll gave the following account of the collision.

Ms. Gupton, 30, was driving in the inside eastbound lane in a 2013 Ford Fiesta passenger car. Ms. Gupton's fiancé, 29-year-old Corey Holmes of Cape Coral, was in the right-front seat, and Ms. Gupton’s 5-year-old niece was in a booster seat in the right rear of the vehicle.

A 2003 Dodge Ram 1500, driven by 25-year-old Pedro Cruz-Gonzalez of Lampasas, was westbound on U.S. 190 at or below the speed limit, Carroll said. A light rain was falling.

The Dodge Ram lost traction due to what Carroll described as the driver’s unsafe speed on the wet roadway. The pickup started to rotate counterclockwise and crossed into the eastbound traffic lane, where the front of the Ford Fiesta hit the rear of the Dodge pickup. The Ford was pushed back slightly and came to rest in the left-hand turn lane, facing east. After the impact, the Dodge rotated and came to rest facing south on the eastbound shoulder and right of way of the highway.

Carroll said it appears all occupants of the vehicles were wearing seatbelts. Multiple airbags went off in the Ford Fiesta. No airbags deployed in the Dodge pickup, which Carroll said is not surprising because the point of impact was at the rear of the pickup.

Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Greg Chapman pronounced Ms. Gupton dead at the scene of the crash.

The woman’s 5-year-old niece was transported to McLane Children’s Hospital in Temple, where Carroll said she stayed overnight for observation. The child had “non-incapacitating injuries,” according to a press release from DPS Sgt. David Roberts, a public information officer.

Holmes was transported to Metroplex Hospital in Killeen, and Cruz-Gonzalez was transported to Rollins Brook Community Hospital. Both men had “non-incapacitating injuries,” according to the press release from Roberts. Both men have been treated and released, Carroll said.

The DPS corporal said Holmes, Ms. Gupton and the 5-year-old girl were headed to Copperas Cove with family members after having eaten in Lampasas.

Both the Ford Fiesta and the Dodge Ram were towed after the wreck.

Acadian Ambulance Service, the Lampasas Fire Department, the Kempner Volunteer Fire Department and the Lampasas County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the crash site.

Cruz-Gonzalez received citations for unsafe speed and driving without a Texas driver license for more than 90 days, according to the DPS press release. No further charges are pending.

In the press release, DPS reminded motorists to reduce their speed according to weather and roadway conditions.

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